Work begins on new school as it is named

An artist's impression of what the new school could look like.
An artist's impression of what the new school could look like.

Work has begun on construction of Portlethen’s new primary school, in the same week that councillors agreed on its name.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee considered several suggestions on what to name the new school before making the decision at their meeting on Tuesday.

North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison, who is Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, said: “Area Committee agreed to go with the overwhelming support for the name Hillside School. This was the most popular choice of name to come from the community consultation.

“It is really important to involve local residents in decisions about the setting up of the new school and there will be workshops in the near future to discuss transition arrangements.”

A public meeting was held in Portlethen Academy last month, where suggestions for the new school’s name were taken from members of the community.

An online survey then presented a choice of eight names, and respondents were asked to rank them in order of preference. A total of 366 people responded to the survey, and the eight suggestions were: Hillside School, Schoolhill Primary School, Auchlee Primary School, Boswell School, Causey Mounth School, Bishopston School, Clochandighter School, and Leathan Fields School.

Hillside School was the clear favourite amongst those surveyed, with 70% indicating a preference for it. The committee heard that it is general practice that a school should have have the word ‘Primary’ in its name unless there is also a secondary school with the same name.